The Alternative and Renewable Energy Practice represents owners, developers and financiers of solar, wind, biomass and other energy facilities generating electricity from alternative sources. We also work with investors supplying capital and financing for these purposes, as well as with the manufacturers of equipment and components used in such projects. As the legislative landscape of federal and state tax credits and grants for the efficient financing of renewable energy projects changes from year to year, our attorneys stay on the cutting edge of developments in the often complicated organizational structures that facilitate the use of these incentives by owners and investors.
We assist developer clients with every step of the life cycle of an energy project on a fully-integrated basis, including site acquisition; structuring ownership to facilitate the use of grants and sale of federal and state tax credits; conventional and alternative financing transactions; power purchase and interconnection agreements; and leveraging of state and local government economic development programs and incentives.
We also work closely with colleagues in the International Business Practice in the representation of foreign companies desiring to acquire facilities in the United States for the manufacture of solar panels, modules, inverters, wind turbines, and other equipment and components incorporated into solar power generation facilities, wind farms and similar renewable energy projects. Our attorneys also involve the Economic Development Practice in order to identify the most suitable tax abatement, financing and economic incentives programs available in connection with the construction, ownership and operation of such facilities.
Our attorneys are leaders in notable trade and business groups in the area, including membership on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Solar Energy Association and as Co-Chair and newsletter Editor of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. We also are actively involved as policy advocates and in related lobbying efforts at the Georgia Public Service Commission and the state legislature, including the drafting of legislation targeting expansion of renewable energy opportunities in the State.